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      Remembering longtime WSTM employee Joe Turrisi

      Alan Milair and Joe Turrisi of "Monster Movie Matinee"

      CNY Central is remembering the life of a longtime employee who passed away over the weekend.

      Joe Turrisi has been retired for close to 15 years, but the memories linger here in our studios and beyond.

      On-air, you'll remember Turrisi as "Harry the Hack," the crazy cab driver who made predictions about Syracuse University games and other sports.

      Most of his work was done behind the scenes.

      Joe was our studio and floor manager at NBC3, where he started his career in October of 1953. He was a key behind the scenes player in creating "Monster Movie Matinee" and "Bowling for Dollars" at Channel 3. Turrisi was featured in a recently completed documentary about the innovative horror movie show hosted by Dr. E. Nick Witty.

      He lived in Eastwood and Sylvan Beach, where he was unofficially known as "The Mayor."

      Family and friends will receive loved ones at calling hours, scheduled for Thursday afternoon from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Farone Funeral Home on Park Street.

      There will be a funeral mass Friday morning at 10:00, at Our Lady of Pompei Church in Syracuse.

      Joe Turrisi was 81 years old. He died from complications of colon cancer.